Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Charles Bellinger Stewart:

An Inventory of Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1833-1924



Overview

Creator: Stewart, Charles B. (Charles Bellinger), 1806-1885.
Title: Papers
Dates: 1833-1924
Abstract: The papers of Charles Bellinger Stewart include correspondence, financial records, legal documents, a photograph, publications, and speeches, dating 1833-1924. The papers are an excellent source of material concerning early East Texas, particularly Montgomery County. Most valuable of the individual items is Stewart's Day Book for 1836 through 1852. This volume contains his records of medical fees and prescriptions, fees collected during his tenure as District Attorney and records of the cases, memoranda of land dealings and personal accounts for the period. A separate record of the Samuel Young Estate is also included. The roster of individual names which results is extensive. Stewart's personal correspondence, which falls predominantly into the period 1836 to 1868, includes some fragmentary reminiscences of the Revolution and a letter from Stewart to an unknown correspondent describing the Smith Administration and his own role in that government. Among his correspondents are Sam Houston, P. W. Gray, J. W. Throckmorton, Guy M. Bryan, Richard Coke, and David G. Burnet. Burnet's letter was probably one of the more welcome communications since Burnet informs Stewart that he has been able to secure a full pardon for the doctor following the Civil War. Also in this group are various newspaper clippings concerning politics in Montgomery County in 1878, newspaper obituaries, official appointments, and speeches and petitions on behalf of Montgomery County. A final group of papers involves land dealings and contains land deeds and patents, records of legal action involving land claims and field notes. As an outgrowth of this interest, Stewart created a manuscript guide on "How to Hunt for a Deed or Record in Montgomery County."
Quantity: 1.94 cubic ft.
Language English.

Biographical Sketch

Charles Bellinger Stewart came to Texas in 1830, settling first at Brazoria. From the beginning he was active in Texas political affairs and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He also participated in the Constitutional Conventions of 1836 and 1845. Following the Revolution he moved to Montgomery County where he practiced medicine. According to T. C. Richardson's East Texas: Its History and Its Makers, Stewart set up a "sun bath" clinic while he was there, advocating the "sun cure" therapy several years before it became a popular remedy. He did not confine himself to medical practice, however, and in the course of his forty years in the county he served as District Attorney pro tem, postmaster, notary public, and clerk of the District Court. He represented Montgomery County in the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Legislatures.


Scope and Contents of the Papers

The papers of Charles Bellinger Stewart include correspondence, financial records, legal documents, a photograph, publications, and speeches, dating 1833-1924. The papers are an excellent source of material concerning early East Texas, particularly Montgomery County. Most valuable of the individual items is Stewart's Day Book for 1836 through 1852. This volume contains his records of medical fees and prescriptions, fees collected during his tenure as District Attorney and records of the cases, memoranda of land dealings and personal accounts for the period. A separate record of the Samuel Young Estate is also included. The roster of individual names which results is extensive.

Stewart's personal correspondence, which falls predominantly into the period 1836 to 1868, includes some fragmentary reminiscences of the Revolution and a letter from Stewart to an unknown correspondent describing the Smith Administration and his own role in that government. Among his correspondents are Sam Houston, P. W. Gray, J. W. Throckmorton, Guy M. Bryan, Richard Coke, and David G. Burnet. Burnet's letter was probably one of the more welcome communications since Burnet informs Stewart that he has been able to secure a full pardon for the doctor following the Civil War. Also in this group are various newspaper clippings concerning politics in Montgomery County in 1878, newspaper obituaries, official appointments, and speeches and petitions on behalf of Montgomery County.

A final group of papers involves land dealings and contains land deeds and patents, records of legal actions involving land claims and field notes. As an outgrowth of this interest in land proceedings, Stewart created a manuscript guide on "How to Hunt for a Deed or Record in Montgomery County."


 

Arrangement of the Papers

These records are arranged by type of material or subject.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

The day book is extremely fragile and may not be photocopied.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the papers. The terms can be used to find similar or related papers.
Personal Names:
Stewart, Charles B. (Charles Bellinger), 1806-1885.
Subjects:
Land use--Texas--Montgomery County.
Medicine--Practice--Texas--Montgomery County.
Legislators--Texas.
Places:
Montgomery County (Tex.)
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--1833-1924.
Speeches--Texas--1833-1924.
Legal documents--Texas--1833-1924.
Publications--Texas--1833-1924.
Photographs--Texas--1833-1924.
Financial records--Texas--1833-1924.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the individuals and subjects covered by the papers. The listing is not exhaustive.

Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Charles Bellinger Stewart Papers, 1836-1876, 1.5 inches [photocopy]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Charles Bellinger Stewart Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1966/004

These papers were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Mrs. Howard W. Fling, granddaughter of Charles Bellinger Stewart, on September 2, 1966.

Processing Information

None.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Papers, 1833-1924,
1.94 cubic ft.

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2-23/860 Correspondence, 1838-1924 (bulk 1838-1884)
(59 items)
Items after Stewart's death in 1885 deal with his papers and with veterans groups.
Bills for Drugs, 1833-1838
(12 items)
First Flag of the Republic of Texas
Memorabilia
(10 items)
Photograph of Stewart
Confederate Tax Records
(9 items)
Official Appointments
(27 items)
Obituaries
(20 items)
Newspaper Clippings Dealing with Texas History
Manuscripts and Clippings Dealing with Medicine
Newspaper Clippings and Two Manuscripts on Montgomery County Politics in 1878
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings
Day Book, 1836-1852
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2-23/861 Deeds to Land
(25 items)
Field Notes for Land Surveys
(34 items)
Patents for Land
(8 items)
Notes on Taxes
(3 items)
Litigation Involving Land
(15 items)
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2-23/862 "How to Hunt for a Deed or Record in Montgomery County" Manuscript Booklet by Charles B. Stewart
An Abstract of the Original Titles of Record in the General Land Office. Houston, 1838.
On the end papers of the book is a plat showing Stewart and adjoining land on the San Jacinto River.
Miscellaneous Newspapers and Clippings.
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2-23/863 "Extracts and Excerpts Book of Sundries Literary and Useful"
(Newspaper clippings pasted in book announcing the death of William A. Buckingham)
Abstract Patented Lands Compiled from the Records of the Land Office of the State of Texas. Austin: Printed by J. G. Tracy, State Printer, 1871.
"Selections Interesting and Useful Matter and Information"
(Newspaper clippings)
Abstract of Land Claims, Compiled from the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas, and Published under the Superintendence of the Comptroller. Galveston: Printed at the Civilian Book Office, 1852.
Harper's New Monthly Magazine. Four articles, 1857-1858.
Whitby's Saturday Night and Family Friend. Assorted issues, March, 1882, to March 1883.
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2-22/711 Additions:
Henry Smith commission establishing John Cameron, Sam Houston, and John Forbes as Indian commissioners. Signed by Stewart
(Photocopy)
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2-22/711 Letter to unknown correspondent describing Smith administration and Stewart's role in that government.
Letter to Stanley describing value of Taro culture for food value.
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Artifact Box 32 Artifacts:
Item 94:
Ear trumpet
Item 95:
Surveyor's Chain
Item 96:
Two Gourds used to hold Powder
Item 97:
Coin purse and billfold